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Assessments are crucial to ensuring students are learning and that teachers can adjust instruction to meet student needs. Richland School District relies on data from state-required and district-level assesments to measure student performance, guide instruction and evaluate programs.


State-required assessments

These assessments are required by the state to make school's accountable for student academic performance.

Students in Grades 3-8 and 10 take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) in English language arts and mathematics. These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students must pass the assessments given in high school to fulfill state graduation requirements.

Students in Grades 5, 8 and 11 take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). These tests are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Beginning with the Class of 2020, students must pass the assessment given in high school fulfill state graduation requirements.


District-level assessments

The district elects to conduct additional diagnostic testing of student learning to provide teachers and school leaders with data showing student growth and where instructional adjustments are needed.

Kindergartners take the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) to assess student readiness for kindergarten.

Students in kindergarten through Grade 2 take the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test in the fall, winter and spring. 

First-grade students take the AIMSweb assessments in math in the fall, winter and spring.

Second-grade students take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test for math in fall, winter and spring.

Students in Grades 3-8 take the MAP tests for reading and math in the fall and winter. Additional testing in the spring is optional, and given after state testing is completed.


Questions? Contact Assessment Coordinator Toni Vonderhulls at (509) 967-6025 or at Toni.Vonderhulls@rsd.edu .

i-Ready Classroom Assessments

Richland School District will pilot a new district-level assessment, i-Ready, during the 2018-19 school year at four schools: Lewis & Clark, Marcus Whitman and William Wiley elementary schools and Carmichael Middle School.

i-Ready is being considered to help assess student growth in math and reading in elementary and middle school grades in place of three other assessments currently used to measure student growth–DIBELS and AIMSweb for kindergarten through Grade 2 and the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for Grades 3-8.

i-Ready is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, is compatible with the district's curricula, and has cost and time requirements similar to current district assessments. More importantly, the reports i-Ready provides on student performance appear to provide more useful and user-friendly data for teachers, parents and students. Additionally, the assessment offers a wider array of resources to help teachers target instruction to help students.

The district's Assessment Committee will consider feedback from the schools piloting i-Ready, including time required by students to complete the assessment, ease of use and relevance of the data they provide in considering whether to recommend adoption of i-Ready district-wide.

View more information about the i-Ready diagnostics.

Early Entrance Testing

The Richland School District acknowledges there are instances when a child is socially, emotionally and intellectually ready for the challenge of school before they meet the state-mandated minimum age.

The district offers kindergarten and first-grade early entrance testing once a year, in mid-August, to children who turn 5 (kindergarten) or 6 (first grade) between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1. Test registration deadline is July 31.

For information regarding the test, testing fees and registration, contact Toni Vonderhulls at (509) 967-6025 or email at Toni.Vonderhulls@rsd.edu.